Hardware :: Accessing Individual Files On Time Machine Backup?

Feb 3, 2009

I have a Time Capsule at home, and can opt for the automatic backup via Time Machine program. But I have been doing manual backups, transferring files myself to Time Capsule and to an USB drive. It's mostly document, media files. If I backup using Time Machine, can I access those files individually? Or is it just going to be one big chunk of a file? Are there any trustworthy syncing programs between my computer and an external hard drive or in my case Time Capsule?

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Intel Mac :: Restore An Individual Photo Or Event From My Time Machine Backup?

Jun 4, 2012

How can I restore an individual photo or event from my Time Machine backup? When looking at my backup, I can see the picture file. When I try to open it, it calculates the size of the library. It does not open. Nothing happens when I select 'open in iphoto.'

Info:iMac (20-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Accessing Parts Of Time Machine Backup?

Jun 26, 2012

I have a new MacBook Pro and instead of restoring it from a previous Time Machine backup, I was hoping I could access part of the backup and copy some contents on to the new MacBook Pro. Can it be done? 

For example, my Time Machine backup has 80gb of music in it, can I access that from my new MacBook Pro and copy the music?

Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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IMac :: Restoring Individual Files From Time Machine?

Jul 2, 2010

Has anyone heard of some third party software used to help simplify the process of restoring or retrieving individual files via TIME MACHINE?

I have some trouble sorting out the navigation window, when it offers choices between KEEP BOTH or RESTORE ORIGINAL. I seem to end up not finding the earlier file.Then a friend said he had heard of software that simplifies this process. I've tried Forum search but no luck yet.

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MacBook Air :: How To Extract Individual Files From Time Machine Back Up

Jun 19, 2014

So two months ago my mac's internal hard disk had a problem, it was "ejecting" itself by itself. It was frozen. Problem: I was gonna do a backup the day it happened, so I didn't have a back up. I went to a centre of data recuperation. They managed to get a lot out of the internal hard disk and put it in a new external hard drive. Apple then replaced my SSD, and I restored (from the external hard drive) what had been recuperated back on my computer with a new SSD. Now I realise that a lot of things are missing - especially pictures- which is quite annoying. I do have a very old back up that I did with Time Machine on another external hard drive. My question is: how can I restore only the pictures from that back up? I can't go back on time machine because this is a new SSD, and I don't wanna restore everything from that back up as I have more data on my computer as it is now.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine Accessing Files On An External Hard Drive?

May 25, 2012

I backed up my iMac desktop at work onto an external hard drive.  I can see the files, but they are all locked.  When I go to open, I receive the following message "The folder (whatever the name is) can't be opened because you don't have permission to see its contents."  I understand that the system I want to transfer to is different, but is there -- shouldn't there be an override asking for the password. 

Since I am the administrator to both systems, I would hope I could see the documents that I created. 

Time Machine, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X :: Choosing Some Files For Time Machine Backup

Jun 2, 2009

Some programs and files that "I" choose? I don't want to do a full restore of a Time Machine backup.

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Mac Pro :: Using Time Machine Backup - Transferring Files

Aug 6, 2009

So my Mac Pro just had a bunch of hardware replaced by Apple geniuses. But all my preferences are all screwy, so I made a new admin account, but that just made even more preference issues when I transferred files from my old admin account. However, while my Mac Pro was being fixed, I bought a new MacBook Pro and got it all up and running with all my software and files. It would take me a whole day to reinstall OSX and each program individually all over again on my Mac Pro, but I have a Time Machine back up from my MacBook Pro which I could install right off the bat on my Mac Pro. Is that possible? What issues would there be? Anyone else done it?

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Intel Mac :: Time Machine Not Set Up And Cannot Get Backup Files (OS X 10.7.4)

Jun 25, 2012

I have recently ran the latest update 10.7.4 (11E53) for my iMac OSX Lion and using Safari browser 5.1.7 and since then I am experiencing intermittent problems with my Time Machine not backing up. The light on the front is on and it looks like it is working however it remains static and will not strobe as previously. The Time Machine is a WD MB Studio 1034. When I select the time machine symbol I get a message to say that the Time Machine is not set up and I cannot get to my backed up files. My last back up was done on 11th June 2012. Since then the back up drive has not automatically backed up.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X Mavericks :: (10.9.4) Time Machine Does Not Backup All Files

Sep 9, 2014

I recently did a clean install and to my horror i can see that Time Machine does NOT back up all my files.It seems to be worst in my music library which fortunately is pretty easy to rebuild do to itunes index. 

But is there any way to make sure that Time Machine does in fact back up all files?

Or is it just broken and should be avoided? 

I have 1,5 year old Macbook Pro Retina 15 inches 500 GB SSD

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4), January 2013 - 15''

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OS X :: Time Machine Backup Quicken Data Files Also?

Dec 6, 2010

We are a PC to Mac convert and still trying to understand some basics. We have an iMac 21.5 and expecting delivery of a external 1.5 TD drive. More than we'll even need, but dirt cheap. We also run Windows 7 64 bit through VMware Fusion. The only reason for that is the Windows version of Quicken is a better product the the Mac version.

We will back up pics, Videos, etc., on the iMac under MacOs with Time Machine. Can Time Machine also backup the quicken data files from the Windows 7 VM machine? I hoping we do not need to maintain separate backup drives to manage the different type of file formats between Windows and Mac. I hoping this can be managed through one place...Time Machine.

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Hardware :: Using Ext HD For Keeping Files And Time Machine Backup

Feb 20, 2009

I have a Seagate External HD which I used to backup my windows PC. I just brought a Mac and want to use the same External HD for time machine, but its asking me to reformat it? Is there a way I can keep my files on the HD as well as use it for Time Machine?

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Applications :: Deleted Backup Files From Time Machine?

Mar 2, 2010

(Using Snow Leopard 10.6.2). Over the last 12 months or so, I've managed to fill up the "Backups.backupdb" file on the external HD to about 400GB. I'm pretty confident that I have all these files safely backed-up (in other other files) on the same external HD. So, I thought I'd have a clear-out and get rid of the contents of this "Backups.backupdb" file on the external HD. I followed the instructions on this page: [URL]

So, I could see (after I did it), that when I entered into Time Machine (with the timeline and universe landscape backdrop) all the files had gone. But when I looked into the "Backups.backupdb" file on the external HD, the files were still there, so I highlighted them all, and placed them into the Trash. I've not emptied the trash yet, but before I do, I just wanted to ask, was is this ok to do, or can it cause problems to just delete the files from the "Backups.backupdb" file on the external HD?

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OS X :: How To Find Large Files In Time Machine Backup

Mar 12, 2010

Is there any way to find and delete large "unwanted" files from a Time Machine backup on a Time Capsule? Lets say you have some big ISO-files you want to remove but don't know at what date they were backed up.I tried to mount the Time Machine backup image and locate big files with GrandPerspective but it didn't really work.

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OS X :: Time Machine Backup / Get My Files Back With Windows?

Mar 20, 2010

My macbook pro was stolen a few days ago. I plan on getting a replacement in the near future, but I don't think the current macbook pros are worth it at their prices... I don't know when an update is coming (like everyone else). I may have jumped the gun and bought a windows laptop if all my files weren't saved via time machine.

Is there anyway to get my stuff off time machine and onto windows short of buying a second mac and restoring to and then transfering off to windows laptop?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Deleted Files After Backup Also Gone From Time Machine?

May 23, 2012

After I backup my computer onto a Hard drive using time machine, I delete certain folders off my computer, then assuming my files are on the HDD, I go back to the HDD to see the files, but the files on the Time machine back up are gone! What is happening? and how do i prevent this from happening?

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MacBook Pro :: Remove Old Backup Files From Time Machine?

Jun 9, 2012

I am just wondering how to efficiently and safely remove the old backup files from time machine? I tried once with command, but it damaged my extra-disk... Does Lion OSx have fixed that?

Info:MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Intel Mac :: OS X 10.7.4 - Freezes When Trying To Backup Files Using Time Machine

Jun 25, 2012

My iMac running 10.7.4 freezes when trying to backup files using time machine. I must reboot each time to stop time machine, and use the iMac.

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X Mavericks :: Erase Old Time Machine Backup Files

Aug 28, 2014

I inherited an old external hard drive that I would like to use with Time Machine on a computer. However, the drive was used as a backup with Time Machine on another computer that has since been wiped clean and is no longer available. Unfortunately, the external drive still has the old TM backup files from the old computer. I've found that I cannot simply delete the backup files from the external drive.  

How can I delete the TM backup files from the external drive? Will erasing via Disk Utility handles this?

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OS X Mavericks :: Copying Files To Another Mac From Time Machine Backup

Jun 4, 2014

I have a MBP, backup to Time Capsule by Time Machine. 

I will have a new MBA, I will would like to transfer Photos / Music from MBP to that MBA. MBA will have a different account as MBP has. 

I understand it could be as easy as copying whole iPhoto library / Music folder to an external drive or NAS and then copy to MBA. But since I already have everything on Time Capsule, am I able to copy selected files from Time Capsule to MBA directly? 

I know Migration Assistant could be able to do that but I also heard Migration Assistant could cause some unexpected issues such as permission conflicts, a new created migration account etc... I cenrtainly don't want to mess up MBA.  

So my question, am I able to directly access Time Capsule just like a NAS via Finder from MBA, and drag and drop selected files from MBP's backups? Are MBP's backups visibile to MBA? 

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mavericks (10.9.3)

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Software :: Possible To Copy Time Machine Backup Files To New Disk?

Dec 4, 2009

I currently back up onto a 250gb external hard drive using Time Machine. This is now full, so today I purchased a new 1TB drive. I would like to keep all my backups in one place, so would it be possible to copy all my past Time machine backup data/files to my new disk and then start backing up to this in the future. How to do I get Time Machine to see that I have swapped disks when I come to restore files? Will doing this confuse Time Machine?

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OS X :: Time Machine/unable To Copying Files To Backup Volume?

Nov 23, 2008

Any clues to this error... I've been getting it fairly frequently as of late. Probably every few days.

Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while copying files to the backup volume.

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Applications :: Time Machine Excluded Files And Booting From Backup

Jan 29, 2009

I've just started using time machine and actually surprised how well it works go apple. One question I want my time machine drive bootable just in case. Right now I am excluding the system library and user library cache folders from backup at the moment. Thats ok right? It doesn't affect boot ability or anything else serious right?

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OS X :: Time Machine Backup Will Restore The New Laptop With All The Old Laptops Files?

Mar 17, 2009

apple is sending me a replacement UMBP. I'm keeping the current one until the replacement arrives and then using a time machine backup on the new one. My time machine backup will restore the new laptop with all the old laptops files, programs, preferences, emails, everything as the old laptop's drive was without having to reinstall everything? Correct?I guess I could always swap drives as well, that might be quicker.

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Time Machine Backup Fails Linking Files

Mar 20, 2012

I recently had a external disk fail that was still under warrenty, so I dually went to the Apple store and got a replacement. After plugging it in I went into Time Machine and performed a restore (I was backing up the external disk to another external time machine managed disk). All worked perfectly so far. However, come the next backup I got"Time Machine Error Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while linking files on the backup volume"

Searching the forums I don't see any obvious solution. In the system log I also see 'Event store UUIDs don't match for volume: MyBigDisk' every time there is a backup.

Info:MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Possible To Store Files On Disk With Time Machine Backup?

Apr 2, 2012

I have a 500GB HD in my mini.I have a 2TB drive with about 1TB of files on it. Can I use some of the free space for backup and still use the rest for files?

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Enter Time Machine Does Nothing And Deleting Files In TM Backup?

Apr 11, 2012

I couldn't enter Time Machine backups, that is, "Enter Time Machine" from the Time Machine menu item did nothing. I tried Postini's recommendations about resetting, repairing the sparsebundle image, and tried accessing with the bundle mounted. Nothing worked. 

What did work was Time Machine Preferences>Select Disk… and clicking Do Not Back Up. Then a new item appears in the Time Machine menu items: "Browse Other Backup Disks…" Selected that and then selected my backup. And then I was in. 

My purpose was to delete some large movies that were taking up too much space. I went back to the Finder and opened the folder where the movies had been (I had deleted them in the Finder) then went back to "Browse Other Backup Disks…" and there was the folder in Time Machine. And I deleted the files. I was later able to reselect my Backup disk and the options were still saved.However I haven't seen the space recovered yet. I may have to read more on compressing the disk image if it doesn't fix itself soon.  

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X Mountain Lion :: Recover Some Files From Time Machine Backup

Sep 8, 2014

My 2008 iMac bit the dust but I did consistently back up using Time Machine to an external drive. I plan on replacing it but need to get some files off the backup soon. Is it possible to connect my external backup drive to a friends iMac and copy just the files I need?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Time Machine Fails To Backup Crucial Files?

Mar 12, 2012

So I just started using Time Machine (had been using CCC). A quick scan of my backup shows that it's not backing up my Outlook email database file. This missing file is very concerning to me. First of all, this is one of my most important files, needless to say. But also, it makes me wonder, what other important files might Time Machine be deciding to skip without my knowledge. I went into my Time Machine preferences and have no exclusions in there

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Emptying Trash Of Time Machine Backup Files?

Apr 13, 2012

I made the mistake of deleting an unwanted set of Time Machine backups using the finder.  Now I get an error message when I attempt to empty the trash.  I have tried operating in safe mode and using option+empty, but neither works.   

I understand there is a command that one can issue in Terminal to erase those trash files, but I wasn't able to find it.

Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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